The Norwich Evening news reports that the local Primary Care Trust are making some people wait up to a year for some treatments so that others can have the new wonder drug herceptin.
Read the story HERE.
What is sad about this is that because a new treatment is available that can save lives, a new treatment which in many ways is a major leap forward in treatment, there has been no matching leap forward in funding for PCT's to support he use of this drug. When herceptin can cost tnes of thousands of pounds for a single treatment, it was obvious as soon as NICE (the national institude for health and clinical excellence) gave it approval, that it would mean other people going without.
Even Dr Ian Gibson, Labour MP for Norwich North has been quoted as saying:
“When NICE recommends a drug for use on the NHS it should work with the government to ensure money is ring-fenced to fund it. I really don't know how the PCT can carry on funding expensive drugs under the current financial climate."
The government can find millions every day to fund the war in Iraq but cannot find a fraction of that to fund treatment to save British lives at home. I know many Labour supporters and members will feel as let down by that fact as I do.